The TV viewers worldwide from 2002 to 2016 (in

The number of 2016 Rio Olympic Games TV viewers is approximately 3.6 billion. (Number of Olympic Games TV viewers worldwide from 2002 to 2016 (in billions, 2018) The Olympics bring the world together to cheer athleticism. The athletes walk into the arena and exert their ability to the utmost for their nations. It is always exciting to watch the fierce competitions and be inspired by the sportsmanship. It is widely believed that through education of competing without discrimination, and practicing the spirit of friendship and fair play, the Olympics aims to build a better world (Olympic Values & Ideals – Olympism in Action, 2017).  However, some start to question if the Olympics strive to practice the core values as the scandals of the International Olympics Committee, the supreme authority of the Olympics, have been emerging. The IOC has been working to right themselves by reforming their operations and streamlining their procedures to minimise foul play. Nonetheless, the modern Olympics appear to fail to meet the expectation of promoting its core values as the IOC has not been without its critics these days of tolerating bribery, neglecting human rights, and cheating.  The IOC is saturated with bribery, which appears to be the most common way for bidding cities to attain the contract of host cities. The rigged mean has been epidemic over decades as the IOC tolerates and worse yet encourages the trend. In Australia, the daughter of a South Korean IOC member is given an exclusive spot at a concert to perform with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. (Daley, 1999). However, Atlanta wins the bid in the end. The bloody fact is that the more one bribes, the higher possibility will the one win the bid. The bribery becomes severer as the process of bidding cities attaining the contract of host cities has always been lack of transparency. Based on Daley’s (1999) Olympic Games, the article points out that Nagano’s Olympic bidding committee’s destruction of its expense books is claimed to be appropriate. The example vividly shows that the committee is irresponsible and the contempt for justice and the lack of transparency of the bidding process is apparent. Emphasizing the benefits, gained via devious means over the ethical  principles is the critical parameter that obscures the Olympics.  The Olympics has been known for disregarding some basic human rights with a quick look into the event’s history shows. The 2016 Rio Olympics has triggered a wide-spread violation of human rights.  Exclusion Games (As cited in Watts, 2015, para. 3) insists that “at least 4,120 families have lost their homes and another 2,486 are threatened with removal owing to infrastructure projects associated with last year’s World Cup and the upcoming Olympics.” The disparity of wealth is not narrowed by the government. The expandnig gap between the rich and the poor shows the Olympics is definitely not a win for the majority. Worse yet, the government falls short on protecting human rights. According to Alex Cuadros, (as cited in How Brazil’s wealthy benefit from the Rio Olympics, 2016) most of the government’s Olympic budget has been devoted to the wealthy suburb of Barra da Tijuca while favelas, described as slums, don’t even have basic services. The evidence demonstrates the fact that human rights of the impoverished are deprived. The social costs of mega-events outweigh the benefits, and only the upper-class elites are favored.The demand for the IOC to introduce monitoring systems with international human rights standard is on the rise.Cheating has tarnished the Olympics by overlooking the sportsmanship that every athlete should abide by and demonstrate. The spectaculars long for fair plays; however, the right is taken away. According to Rodchenkov (2017), the former director of Russia’s antidoping center, the article depicts how Russian atheletes walk away from using performance-enhancing drugs at the Sochi Games as the Russian authorties favors the triumphs over the sportsmanship and the IOC does not blow the whistle on the misconduct. Cheating has been prevalent through the history of Olympics when Olympics should be the arena where every athlete competes with fairness. Worse yet, the scandals instigate people to lose faith in the athletes and now every golden moment of a clean athlete is greeted with skepticism. The sportsmanship gradually fades in a culture of cheating. The International Olympic Committee seeks to reform after the Salt Lake City corruption scandal. In order to cut the future bribery between its members and candidate cities, the committee enforces stronger rules and instruments in place to combat corruption. (Sandomir, 1999)  Admittedly, IOC has made the attempts to improve its voting procedures in recent years.Nonetheless, despite of the change, the IOC members and the candidates still manage to bribe as the evidence has showed.   There is even an allegation of buying votes by bid team for 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In the article, there is a huge sum of payment from the Tokyo Olympic bid team to the son of former president of International Association of Atheletes Federations, Lamine Diack (Gibson, 2016). The scrutiny of IOC still has improvement to make as bribery has appeared to be more and more rampant nowadays. (add a sentence?) According to Bach (2017), in order to avoid a repeat of human rights abuses, the IOC emphasizes that there are changes made in the 2024 Host Cities Contracts with explicit human rights principles. Nonetheless, whether the insertion is to be perceived as success in history of the Olympics Games or an empty promise, time is the only measure to confirm. Additionally, on the ground of anti-doping, it has been argued that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) does make efforts to restrict doping problems. Ruppe (2017) reports that the IOC has established an independent World Anti-Doping Agency. Nonetheless, owing to a lack of international commitment, the technological sophistication of cheating methods, the results of testing are deficient. It will be churlish to not acknowledge IOC’s efforts; however, the IOC testing scheme still has improvements to make as some sophisticated type of doping can not be detected.The Olympics are regarded as the highest honor for the athletes; however, the Olympics have been driven away from its core values. The severity of the corruption within the IOC has been unveiled. The IOC members taking the bribery from the bidding countries makes the bid unfair. Additionally, human rights are overlooked by the IOC, the host countries let their people down by favoring the rich while sacrificing the rights of the poor with numerous families being displaced. Last but not least, the sportsmanship that every athlete should abide by withers away, as some athletes dope to win, and this selfish behavior is the reverse of fair play. The existence of the breathtaking and heart-warming moments is undeniable, but the greed lurking under the glorious mask of the Olympics surpasses the values which the Olympics are supposed to display. If the IOC remains passive attitude towards bribery, human rights and cheating, people are going to lose faith in the athletes they believe in and refuse the Olympics after knowing how many families are suffered by it. The IOC should be more alert to people’s requests on building a better monitor system and set a higher moral standard. Only by eradicating the malpractice can the spirit of the Olympics be preserved. Before that, the Olympics are now marked as more of a showcase of the best athletes in the world with all the scandals of bribery, human rights violations and cheating.